Networking Articles

Increasing the Encryption Noise Floor

Inspired by Tim Bray's recent post about encrypting his website, I decided to enable and force HTTPS for The process was straightforward and, turns out, completely free. Read on to find out how and why.

Building a Private Backplane Network for your VPSs with ZeroTier

Almost all of my applications, both public and personal, run on a collection of virtual private servers (VPSs) hosted in various places including DigitalOcean and my own data center (i.e. the Mac mini in my basement). For a long time I've wanted to set up certain things, like centralized logging or metrics collection, but I've always been stopped by this idea that I can't run that stuff across the public network.

A few months ago I ran across a product named ZeroTier that, among other things, allowed me to set up this network without having to invest the time in attempting to build (or purchase) a traditional VPN. This post is going to talk about why, and how, you can replicate this setup.